CBC taps Heather Conway as EVP English Services

The veteran PR and public affairs exec, most recently chief business officer at the Art Gallery of Ontario, replaces Kirstine Stewart at the Canadian public broadcaster.
September 26, 2013

The CBC has picked Heather Conway, a veteran PR and public affairs exec, to replace Kirstine Stewart and run its TV, radio and online services.

A CBC spokesperson on Thursday morning confirmed to realscreen sister publication Playback that Conway will be named the new EVP of English services.

The former CEO of Edelman Canada was also a marketing and public affairs exec for six years at Alliance Atlantis Communications before it was acquired by CanWest Global Communications Corp. in 2007.

Her other executive stints include six years at the TD Bank and most recently as chief business officer at the Art Gallery of Ontario since September 2011, where Conway was charged with squeezing more revenue from the gift shop and restaurants of the budget-challenged institution.

Those biz-dev skills will be called on at the CBC, which has been looking for a new programming topper since the end of April when Stewart departed to become the head of Twitter Canada.

The federal government last year imposed a $115 million budget chop over three years on the pubcaster, resulting in job and programming cuts and more re-runs as part of the English-language TV lineup.

From Playback Daily. With files from Danielle Ng See Quan

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Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).